Over the course of the next 18 months your relationships are set to go through an incredible journey, with the stars creating some phenomenal conditions, the kind that only come around once in a lifetime and the first signs of this will be felt in the early days of this month. Already there is likely to be a sense that something is already shifting, for while you have only just finished your annual relationship update, one that left you with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, you're likely to be left wanting more. Whatever your relationship status, whether you're in a relationship or not or how good that relationship is, you're waking up to the fact that something deeper, more personal and authentic is needed. During the course of 2014 some phenomenal developments will fall into place, with a series of game changing eclipses bringing the element of fate into play, but on the 8th December the real journey begins. For this is when Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos will return to your relationship sector for what should be a 6 week visit aimed at shaking things up. Instead Mars won't leave until the 26th July 2014, with his longest visit in 3 decades, by pure coincidence coinciding with other phenomenal developments. You've already been on this journey for several months, in a low key way that has been more about establishing what you need from your relationships, with Mars' return signalling the point where it's time to start walking the talk.
Despite the fact that relationship forces have been, still are and will remain far more dominant than romantic forces, the love gods will be doing all they can in the early days of the month to give both their full attention. There is no doubt that the final weeks of the month are going to get busy, but there is such a window of opportunity in the early days of the month, on both the romantic and relationship fronts, that they can't be missed, for lost they will be very hard to recapture. What is creating the urgency is the fact that with Mercury leaving your relationship sector on the 5th December and Mars leaving your romantic sector on the 8th December, they each need your full attention. You have been through quite a journey on both fronts over recent months, but in the early days of the month you're able to tie up loose ends and put things on the path you want them to continue on. However, this is where the similarities between romantic and relationship forces ends, for their agendas are very different. In his final days in your relationship sector Mercury, planet of communication is working to ensure that the communication lines are open, working to bridge the gap between knowing what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. Yet while Mercury will move on, your relationships will remain supported. The real urgency is on the romantic front, with a need to embrace Mars' romantic passions and fighting spirit before he leaves on the 8th December, for when he does you'll be on your own and it will be your job to keep the torch lit and the fire burning.
This is a month when there will always be a lot of focus on your relationships, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of December in your relationship sector, but there are some surprise romantic developments that are set to take over, in a way that is far from the norm. Even the relationship focus this year is very low key. Venus, planet of love has already been and gone, leaving you with a clear sense of what you want and need from your relationships. As you move into the new month the Sun is already here, with his focus more on what your relationships need from you. Mercury's job, when he moves through your relationship sector from the 5th December to the 24th December, is to bring the two together, bridging the gap between knowing what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, working to ensure the communication lines are open. Once the Sun leaves your relationship sector on the 22nd December and Mercury on the 24th December, you'll be on your own and for the first time in 20 years all the relationship focus will be over before Christmas. This year there are no challenges, no complications or demands, just the support to bring your relationships up to speed. It's as though the love gods are distracted, which is a good thing, for too much focus can create personal and/or relationship tensions. Yet where you're getting scant relationship attention this year, the reverse is happening on the romantic front. Here things should be over for the year, but instead Mars' return to your romantic sector on the 8th December is set to not only trigger your romantic passions but begin an explosion of romantic forces and the start of a journey that will take until 2015 to fully explore. This is where the love gods are really focused this month.
The love gods are doing nothing by half measures this month, with the predictable pattern of the year no longer applying. The normal game plan is for the love gods to focus on romantic matters in October and November each year, then just before Christmas, with the Sun's return to your relationship sector on the 22nd December, shifting their focus to your relationships over the Christmas/New Year period. However, the normal game plan was thrown out the window a long time ago and rather than romantic forces having run their course, they are still in play and will remain in play for at least another year, while relationship forces that should come into play just before Christmas, are already asserting themselves. Even busy work forces that normally make it hard to focus on your personal life at this time of year are cooperating, making it a lot easier to find a balance between work and play, with a chance to learn from the past when it comes to having the right work/life balance. However, the love gods that influence things on the romantic and relationship fronts have different points in the month when they're pressing home their agenda and fortunately they don't conflict. With Mercury leaving your romantic sector on the 5th December, the early days of the month are the most urgent for giving your heart a voice and to put heart and mind on the same page. It's over the Christmas/New Year period that something special is happening on the relationship front, when the doors will not only open to new beginnings but second chances as well. Even Mercury will return on Christmas Eve to ensure the communication lines are open over the holiday period.
Things are very orderly this year, with the love gods bringing the kind of order, tranquillity and civility they don't usually adhere to. It's early in the New Year that the love gods will turn their attention to your relationships, but are happy to wait until then. The only time this month that you'll be called on to pay attention to relationship matters will be when the Moon makes his last visit to your relationship sector for the year, from the 6th December to the 8th December. The month however belongs to the love gods assigned to look after all things romantic and they have a short window of opportunity to work with and they're going to make it count. While the Sun will always spend the first 3 weeks of December in your romantic sector with Venus, planet of love already been and gone and all the cosmic support over by Christmas, there is both a sense of urgency and confidence as you move into the new month. You know what you want from love, your romantic desires and expectations have been banked and you'll have the resources and the support to make it count. With the Sun leaving on the 22nd December and Mercury, who won't return until the 5th December leaving on Christmas Eve, this is creating an urgent need to buy into the romantic spirit while you can. Yet with no challenges or complications and some extra special support, this creates the perfect way to round up the year. It's in the early days of the month that something special could be afoot, with a New Moon falling in your romantic sector on the 3rd December, just as comet ISON is colliding with the Sun, a real harbinger for change.
Despite the fact that both Neptune and Chiron are spending their first full month in direct motion in your relationship sector and a relationship turnaround is underway, the real focus is on all things romantic this month. This won't be at the expense of your relationships and this is something that your relationships will benefit from, but the love gods are putting the majority of support behind the spirit of romance this month. This will suit your relationships just fine, for until Mercury returns on the 1st February you're still finding your feet and getting a sense of what you want from your relationships moving forward. What you do need to guard against however, is getting stuck in the past, for it really is time to move on. In the meantime, December not only belongs to the spirit of romance but to the spirit of fun and playfulness as well. While you will always begin and end each year with the Sun in your romantic sector, not returning until the 22nd December, it's not usually until later in the month, right at the end of your working year that the spirit of romance comes into play. Yet after Venus, planet of love's return early last month and her position here until March, turning an ordinary annual 4 week event into a life changing experience, the spirit of romance is alive and well. However, until the Sun returns to your romantic sector on the 22nd December and Mercury on the 24th December, the focus is still on establishing what you want from love, leaving the 'when, where and how' until the holiday period. With a New Moon in your romantic sector in the very early hours of 2014, your aim is to reach the end of the year knowing what you want from love, ready for a fresh start.
While there will be something special not only happening on the romantic front in the early days of 2014 but dominating the first 3 months of the year, the love gods are waiting until next month to bring the spirit of romance back into play, with their focus this month on your relationships and on communication. Your relationships have been through a bit of a roller coaster ride over recent months, but in a way that isn't surprising. For with Uranus in your relationship sector since 2010 and not due to leave until 2019, this is not only calling for more authenticity within your relationships, but as the planets move through your sign each year, this will put your personal and relationship needs into conflict, creating some personal and/or relationship tension. With the Sun having left your sign at the end of October this should have run its course by now, but Mars' return on the 8th December should throw a spanner in the works, in terms of keeping the bar raised when it comes to a balance between personal and relationship authenticity, being true to yourself and your relationships. This makes the Sun's position in your communication sector until the 22nd December and Mercury, planet of communication's from the 5th December to the 24th December a godsend, creating the support to ensure the communication lines are open. They will both be here when Uranus turns direct in your relationship sector on the 18th December, beginning what is destined to be a major relationship turnaround. With Mars and Uranus moving into opposition over Christmas there may be some tension, but it's simply the love gods demanding more than lip service, while offering all the support you could need to create something real, authentic and phenomenal. Just remember to keep the communication lines open, with plenty of romantic treats in the New Year.
The love gods are bringing you a fairly low key month on both the romantic and relationship fronts, but this is just what you want and need, especially after the roller coaster ride you've been on. What you have this month is a chance to work quietly behind the scenes, with a chance for some rebuilding on both the romantic and relationship fronts. Your relationships in particular have been in for a bit of a hammering over recent months, yet whatever has been fuelling personal and/or relationship tensions in the past runs out of steam, you're able to work with Venus, planet of love to make the most of what this brought to a head. Having returned to your communication sector early last month and not due to leave until the 6th March, Venus is on a long term mission to not only ensure the communication lines are open, but in a way that comes straight from the heart. Venus has pledged her full support to your relationships, with a chance for some rebuilding this month. It's the Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 13th December to the 15th December that will give you a chance to flush out any remaining issues. In the meantime, there is a slow turnaround taking place on the romantic front, that won't fully reveal itself until the New Year. The most important factor on the romantic front this month isn't what's happening, but what isn't happening, for gone is not only the hold that the past had on you, but some challenging months. You'll have a chance to tap into the spirit of romance during the Moon's visit to your romantic sector from the 8th December to the 11th December.
With Venus, planet of love having already been and gone from your sign, while your birthday month is normally a time for cementing your desires and expectations for the coming year, as far as the spirit of romance is concerned you've already ticked that one off your list. Yet chances are, with Uranus still in retrograde motion in your romantic sector this hasn't yet made any progress, with the focus still on making the most of the doors that are still open to second chances. Uranus, planet of surprise, synchronicity and the unexpected has been in your romantic sector since 2010 and not leaving until 2019, he's on a long term mission to bring more authenticity into your love life and all things romantic, mainly through the laws of synchronicity and by putting you in the right place at the right time. In retrograde motion until turning direct on the 18th December, Uranus is giving you a chance to appreciate in hindsight what you mightn't have seen at the time, making you a lot more prepared when the tide turns, just days before Christmas. However, with Uranus at a crawl all month there is no urgency, with the next big romantic push not coming until March. Until then it's more about building your confidence and taking some nostalgic trips down love's memory lane, especially when the Moon moves through your romantic sector from the 11th December to the 13th December. It's the Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 15th December to the 18th December and the Full Moon this creates on the 17th December that will thrust your relationships to the fore, giving them a powerful voice at a time of year where their needs are likely to be drowned out. This will provide a window into what you want from your relationships and what they need from you.
Before looking at anything else in play this month, the fact that Venus, planet of love will spend the whole month in your sign, something that she has only ever done a few times in your lifetime, sets this month apart. But what makes this even more special is that she'll do it again next month and the month after, something she has never done before, in your lifetime. Venus' return to your sign on the 5th November will have looked and felt like an ordinary event that happens at least once a year and as her second visit this year, was simply a chance to have the planet of love on board, fuelling your romantic desires and expectations and triggering the laws of attraction. It's only now that the 4 weeks that Venus will normally spend here comes and goes, which it will in the early days of the month, that you'll get your first sense that something is different and as the month progresses she'll slow down, bringing the confidence that she's here to stay. The reason for Venus' longest visit to your sign in your lifetime will become clear when on the 22nd December she turns retrograde, holding the door open to second chances over the Christmas/New Year period and right through to early February. Even the personal and/or relationship tensions that came to a head last month when Venus moved into opposition with Jupiter, spending his first full month in retrograde motion in your relationship sector, are proving to be a blessing in disguise, with a much clearer sense of your romantic and relationship expectations. By Christmas both Jupiter and Venus will be in retrograde motion, with the doors open to second chances and to making up for lost time on the relationship and romantic fronts over the holiday period.
This should be a fairly ordinary month, with even the fact that Venus, planet of love has delayed her return to your sign bringing a new sense of confidence. Unlike previous years, on both the romantic and relationship fronts there is no pressure, no urgency, but with a huge amount of input from the love gods already, a clear sense of what you want and need on both fronts. Venus, who returned to a nostalgic part of your chart on the 5th November, for what should be a 4 week wind down of your current Venus cycle, will instead turn this into a 4 month trip down love's memory lane, one that won't end until the planet of love eventually returns to your sign on the 6th March. It's the Moon's last visits to both your romantic and relationship sectors for the year that hold something special, but are set to be two very different experiences. The first is the Moon's return to your romantic sector from the 15th December to the 18th December, which will result in a Full Moon on the 17th December. The last Full Moon of 2013 is going to be a Lovers Moon, with a chance to tap back into a huge amount of romantic influence in play in the first half of the year, bringing some special reminders that Venus' trip down love's memory lane is able to pick up on. This will bring a lot of romantic sentiment and nostalgia into play, with a reminder of what you might be missing out on. Meanwhile, the Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 20th December to the 23rd December wouldn't be doing its job if it didn't bring the kind of wakeup calls and emotional responses that allow you to take care of any relationship housekeeping.
There is a lot more romantic nostalgia in the closing weeks of the year than you would normally expect, even for a month that is all about looking back and wondering where the year went. For the first time since 2002 you'll have lucky Jupiter in your romantic sector over the Christmas/New Year period, but spending his first full month in retrograde motion his focus is on the past, holding the door open to second chances. Despite the fact that December is also your most professionally charged month, with a need to keep your head in the game right through to Christmas, this is something that the love gods fully support. For they know that with Venus, planet of love turning retrograde in a social and serendipitous part of your chart on the 22nd December, that there'll be plenty of time for second chances and for making up for lost time over the holiday period. In the meantime, there is a need to take care of any relationship housekeeping in the early days of the month with Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos not only leaving your relationship sector on the 8th December but wrapping up all the planetary activity for the year. Because the romantic forces in play this month are very nostalgic they're more than happy to wait until later in the month, not wanting relationship or life's realities to rain on their parade. By the time you move into the final month of 2013 you should know what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, with a chance to work with Mars to fight to put your relationships on the course you want them continue on. Don't waste this opportunity, for once Mars leaves your relationship sector on the 8th December he won't be back until 2015, even though you'll probably be glad to see the back of him.